“Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.” Ps. 2:10-11
NETANYAHU: A NIGHT OF TREMENDOUS VICTORY: PM Binyamin Netanyahu arrived at the Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv on Tues. night 9 April 2019, to celebrate with hundreds of activists. Exit polls give the Likud party between 33 and 35 seats with the right-wing bloc leading the way in the number of seats. “You remember 23 years ago, it was the first time that Sara and I stood here, and here we are doing it again, thanks to you and for you!” he said. “I’m very excited tonight; it’s a night of tremendous victory. I’m telling you – this is a huge achievement, almost inconceivable. Under impossible conditions, the Likud has grown dramatically. The people of Israel again showed their trust in me, for the fifth time. Already tonight I have begun talks with heads of the right-wing parties, our natural partners. Already tonight, almost all of them declared publicly that they will recommend me to form the next government. I intend to finish the job quickly in order to establish a nationalist, stable government. It will be a right-wing government, but I intend to be the prime minister of all the citizens of Israel; right and left, Jews and non-Jews alike. All the citizens of Israel,” he stressed. “We face tremendous challenges – in security, economy, society, foreign relations. Security challenges and challenges to the normalization and peace with the Arab world. I am sure that by joining forces we will be able to meet all these challenges.” (Arutz-7)
ABOUT ISRAEL’S SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT: Israel’s government is a “parliamentary democracy”. A parliament is a kind of democratic government run by representatives (indirect democracy). In Israel, citizens vote for a single political party and not for individual candidates. Some parties allow their members to vote in primaries to decide who will lead the party, but other parties simply leave the assignment of roles to the leaders in the party. Israel’s parliament is referred to as the Knesset. In order for members of a party to secure a place in the Knesset, at least 3.5% of those who vote in the elections must vote for that party. There are 120 seats in Israel’s parliament, so if every party received exactly 3.5% of the votes, then there could theoretically be as many as 28 parties in the parliament and each of them would have 4 – 5 seats. In reality, there are typically between 10 and 13 parties that get enough votes to secure a place in the Knesset. The most voted for party gets a number of seats in the Knesset proportional to the percentage of the votes they received in the elections. (Kehila News) Pray that the new Israeli parliament, presently being formed, will continue to pursue Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, especially in accordance to Joel 3:1–3 where God promises judgment to those who divide His land. Please intercede that the appointed officials will fear Him, and have a heart for God’s principles.
NETANYAHU’S TRADITIONAL PARTNERS SET TO JOIN THE NEW COALITION: While the final vote count is not expected before late Thurs. 11 April, 2019, Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have a clear path to his 5th term as Prime Minister. With a ten-seat lead, Netanyahu’s coalition will rely on a stronger ultra-orthodox block consisting of 16 seats, divided equally between Shas and the United Torah Judaism Party. Netanyahu will also rely on his partners to the right: The Union of Right Wing Parties, with six 6 seats so far and Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu which managed to scrape by the minimum votes needed to win 4 seats. Avigdor Leiberman’s Israel Beiteinu Party is also expected to join the new coalition despite a contentious past with the Prime Minister that resulted in his resignation from the position of Defense Minister, last year. With the expected 200,000 absentee ballots, most of them from the military, the fate of parties close to the minimum threshold will be determined among them, Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked who have both served the outgoing government as ministers of Education and Justice respectively. The new government will face challenges both to Netanyahu himself, with three indictments on charges of corruption pending, and to the well being of the coalition following the announcement of President Trump’s long-awaited “deal of the century.” (Ynet)
VOTE CUTE: JERUSALEM BIBLICAL ZOO HOSTED ITS OWN ELECTION: The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo and the adjacent Israel Aquarium held their own mock election on Tue. 9 April, 2019 simultaneously with Israel’s general election. Polls opened at 9 am, and visitors were allowed to vote for their favorite candidates among the zoo’s permanent residents until 6 pm. The election was first announced in a Facebook post and video published by the zoo last week, in which various candidates shared the pillars of their party platforms — the kangaroo party promised to fill voters’ pockets; the elephant party claimed there is an elephant in the room and it is the only one that could stop a potential missile attack; pandas, flamingos, red-handed tamarins, and fallow deer joined forces, formed a single party promising to keep things fun; and the zebras and zebra sharks party vowed to keep the “sea of politics” clean. Unlike in the general election, all visitors to the zoo and aquarium are eligible to vote regardless of age or nationality. This was not the first time the zoo has caught the political fever. In Oct. 2018, during the statewide municipal election, a similar campaign ran at the zoo. 693 votes were cast and Ziv the lion won the mayorship. The rhino party was the second largest with 17% of all votes, and the kangaroo party came in third with 14%. (Algemeiner)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff